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sonicus
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Username: sonicus

Post Number: 3440
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 12:29 pm:   Edit Post

http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/msg/4510399523.html

If I am not mistaken our very own Mr. Ron Wickersham modified one of these to great extent and took it to Europe to record the Grateful Dead. _______Europe 72 was born ! ____Alembic relevance of historical proportions. :-)

We talk about this model and another Ampex relevant topics daily, on another site that I am a list subscriber to .
hifiguy
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Username: hifiguy

Post Number: 413
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 12:40 pm:   Edit Post

What a great piece of recording history. Too bad someone is gonna need a couple of NFL defensive lineman sized guys to move it and the cost of a new Series II to get it back in shape.

Which does not mean at all that someone shouldn't restore this classic.
tubeperson
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Username: tubeperson

Post Number: 481
Registered: 5-2005
Posted on Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 12:49 pm:   Edit Post

The moving/shipping company could always try to hoist it out of the building through a window, like they do in Brooklyn.
sonicus
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Username: sonicus

Post Number: 3441
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 1:04 pm:   Edit Post

I think someone will get to it , although I remember that someone at "The Ampex List" brought this particular machine to our attention perhaps a few months ago. I rented a box van about 6 years ago to pick up an Ampex AG440C 4 half inch machine 300 miles from my house in Northern California . That machine had the much wanted DC servo capstan option and need repair as well . It now sits in my studio functional after I found the major problem and replaced the servo capstan PCB/ board.___Of all places I found some parts that I needed for it at eBay UK! ____It's a small world after all ___
sonicus
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Username: sonicus

Post Number: 3442
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 1:08 pm:   Edit Post

Steve , yes when I was in NYC in the mid 1980s I saw a few cranes with pianos and other large studio gear being transported the such . Quite a sight to see ____
sonicus
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Username: sonicus

Post Number: 3443
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 1:18 pm:   Edit Post

Paul ( hifiguy) Yes , the Ampex MM1000 is quite large .
gtrguy
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Username: gtrguy

Post Number: 756
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Friday, June 13, 2014 - 2:12 pm:   Edit Post

Kinda like moving a Hammond B3, I bet!
cozmik_cowboy
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Username: cozmik_cowboy

Post Number: 1709
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Friday, June 13, 2014 - 6:49 pm:   Edit Post

"Kinda like moving a Hammond B3, I bet!"

Ouch! I once roadied for a band that carried a B-3 & 2 old oak Leslies, all in flight cases; that may have something to do with the fact that I'm having my 2nd back surgery directly (mebbe the act 3 bands before them added to it; we carried a piano with them.)
And to dehijack, I want that recorder (but only if someone else moves it)!

Peter

Peter
sonicus
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Username: sonicus

Post Number: 3444
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 12:39 am:   Edit Post

I read a post from a technician that did a service assessment of this machine and he reports that it will need a bit of work .
bigredbass
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Username: bigredbass

Post Number: 2180
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 9:25 am:   Edit Post

I knew the World was turned over several years ago when I saw a shopper's guide (!) listing for a 2" Studer recorder and a 32-channel SSL board for 20 grand here in Nashville . . . .

J o e y
sonicus
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Username: sonicus

Post Number: 3445
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 9:51 am:   Edit Post

A shoppers guide ___, well then I will take the SSL and the Studer along with my , Turkey Sandwich , But separate bags please , double bag them please,don't want the handles to rip off the bags going up my stairs ! LOL :-) ! Nashville is full of great gear I have heard _____. An Studer A827 2" is a fine machine but quite a specialty as far a service goes . My only Studer is a meager B67 in a roll around cabinet , but in awesome condition and I have an identical parts donor machine.

Actually that price could be a bargain depending on how much work needs to be done ____
There is current a market for analog machines such as AMPEX , STUDER, MCI. OTARI. and even SCULLY for the analog to digital transfer and audio restoration crowd. I have a few examples of such machines and have been fortunate in their acquisition and sale pricing.
hifiguy
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Username: hifiguy

Post Number: 414
Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 12:42 pm:   Edit Post

Lordy lu, there is nothing worse than moving a Hammond organ that has not been cut down. Even an M-3 weighs a ton. B3s and C3s could be used as anchors for a decent sized ship.
flpete1uw
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Username: flpete1uw

Post Number: 314
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Sunday, June 15, 2014 - 7:07 pm:   Edit Post

The only MM 1000 multitrack I had the privilege to hear and record was a 16 trk 2". Warm and sweet sounding.
These guys are so big and heavy, maybe if I removed my couches and dining area I could maybe fit this and maybe a small Neve 8068.
Home is what you make of it right?
hammer
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Username: hammer

Post Number: 499
Registered: 9-2009
Posted on Sunday, June 15, 2014 - 7:41 pm:   Edit Post

I played in a band in CT years ago that practiced at the keyboardist's home. It was 79 steps from the basement where we practiced to the street. Hammond B3 and 2 Leslie's hauled up and down those stairs every weekend. I can attest to the weight of each piece of equipment. Luckily we were a 7 piece horn band. Since the horns didn't play every song as we did but received an equal split we made them do the heavy lifting.
sonicus
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Username: sonicus

Post Number: 3448
Registered: 5-2009
Posted on Sunday, June 15, 2014 - 8:01 pm:   Edit Post

Pete, I had an Ampex AG440B full track roll around in the dining room for a short time . I had to remove it sooner then later as per upper management( my Wife).
gtrguy
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Username: gtrguy

Post Number: 759
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Monday, June 16, 2014 - 9:25 am:   Edit Post

I have a friend who gigs all the time with his B3 ansd a leslie 145. The B3 is on the wood dolly (permantly) and he moves it by himself!

I have moved a few and it is not fun.
mike1762
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Username: mike1762

Post Number: 1037
Registered: 1-2008
Posted on Friday, June 20, 2014 - 4:58 pm:   Edit Post

I met Ike Stubblefield a few years ago. He has a BUNCH of B3s that he keeps stored all over the world. Whenever he does a gig, he just pulls the nearest one out of storage!!!

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